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      Board Status   07/20/2018

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    Clifford Read

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  1. 1966 Honda F90 Tiller model

    i bought through HOBBY SEARCH JAPAN It's listed at 3781 Yen which is evidently around US$34. I don't know what the shipping cost is to Europe or the US, but it says 'small packet' https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=112&cat=&state=&sold=0&sortid=0&searchkey=honda+f90+tiller
  2. 1966 Honda F90 Tiller model

    I had no idea where this should go, forum-wize, so here it is. Its a tiny model (1/20 scale) but exceptionally well molded and only seems available from Japan at this time. It's not expected to be painted but looks a bit plasticy as such. I painted everything so it'd look more realistic and also painted the model of the Japanese girl using the tiller (I dont usually add figures to my models). I used Alclad over gloss black for the simulated plated parts, and automotive basecoat/clearcoat for the rest. It was all a fairly quick and enjoyable build.
  3. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    My twin brother and I began recollecting old kits in the '70s and we gradually amassed hundreds of original Revell, Monogram, AMT, Johan as well as non-mainstream car and truck kits, from the early '50s up until the mid '60s. We never stuck with any particular scale, just any vehicle kits that struck our fancy. Unfortunately, most of them became too rare to build, so they'll just remain in their boxes. There are plenty of repopped or modern kits to build now-a-days and besides, we're more into scratchbuilding and using metals in our model building these days.
  4. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    The'IDEAL' Lincoln Premiere is 1/25 or so, and the 'IDEAL' Continental is about 1/20.
  5. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    A few of my older, quite rare unbuilt kits....The rarest would be the Aerocar kit. Two rare ones that I have built are the IDEAL '56 Lincoln convertible and the Continental MkII
  6. 2010 Mitsubishi FUSO 'Super-Great FU' Reefer

    Hi Bob, it's nice to hear from you. I know you've scratchbuilt some cool buses over the years that I've seen at the Group 25 shows. I've only built two of Aoshima's buses....a city bus and a tourist AeroQueen. For some reason the Aoshima kits are the only kits that I enjoy building 'box-stock except for paint. Attached are a couple of pics of my completed Aoshima buses. I'm also including one of the Arii 1/32 School-bus style buses that I built as a resort shuttle bus years ago. I hope to see you in September at the Toronto show.
  7. I always like models that have seldom been done before and I pre-ordered this one a month or so ago. It just arrived in the mail and I'm pleased with the quality. It came with a reference magazine that I unfortunately cannot read since it's all in Russian.
  8. We've been having a bit of a heat-wave here in eastern Canada and to escape the extreme heatand humidity, I've spent the last three weeks working in my basement shop on an Aoshima Fuso 'Super Great' FU reefer in 1/32 scale. The original kit is quite amazing in that the level of detail is beyond any previous Aoshima kits that I've built and include working door hinges and closing latches, etc. The box art describes a vehicle with quite a bit of chrome body detail which I personally found a bit 'over the top', but internet searches also showed many of the real vehicles with painted surfaces and black trim. I chose to go the painted route with even the simulated stainless tanks and accessories toned down from the absolute bright chrome look. Other than the toned down, painted look, the build is mostly 'box-stock.
  9. This nicely done and well detailed resin model just arrived after being pre-ordered a couple of months ago. My only modification has been to add copies of the licence plates from our own 1/1 restored 1970 version. Below are two pics of our full size version that we restored years ago. We generally leave off the add-on side curtains, since we only drive it in nice weather
  10. This 1/8 scale (huge)model was originally available as a subscription that you put together over a year or two with parts kits that arrived every couple of weeks. Well, now it's available from the factory in completely built condition albeit without the working lights, etc. It wasn't' cheap, but I think it's pretty cool for the money.
  11. Larry's '61 Chevy Biscayne 2 door sedan (in his own words)

    Back-up lights were standard on only the Impala in '61. On the Biscayne and Belair they may have been optional, but they certainly weren't present on our Biscayne. You will see them on some restorations, but seldom on period photos of '61 Biscaynes
  12. Back in 1983, my brother, Cliff, and I purchased a full-size1961 Chevrolet Biscayne 2 door sedan and began a 2 year total 'body off ' restoration. This car has a radio and heater delete option, is equipped with a 'tri-power' 348 'W' block engine, an aluminum cased Borg Warner T10 4 speed transmission, a 'posi' rear axle, and a factory tachometer (mounted at the 10:00 oclock position on the steering column) . As a passionate model builder, a 1/25 model of our car has always been on my back burner and has finally come to fruition over this past winter and late spring...my model building season of choice. Although there may be simple resin versions available, no kit or toy manufacturer produces a 1/25 or 1/24 '61 Biscayne so I began with a TESTORS 1/25 kit of an Impala hardtop, a bit basic but appropriate starting material. including the obvious absence of most exterior trim, a Biscayne is remarkably different from an Impala hardtop in roof, door, and trunk structure, front, side, and rear glass form, as well as incorporating an entirely different interior...headliner, door panels, seats, dash trim, etc. Since I always like to fabricate operating features into my models, for durability, the entire roof, door and window frames and their hinges, hood and trunk hinge detail, opening gas filler door, and much of the steering, all coil suspension springs, etc have been fabricated in soldered brass. The entire array of interior side and interior upper roof panels, visors, armrests, seats (hinged backrests on front assemblies), and dashboard modifications (including opening glove box) have been fabricated in styrene, and the added windshield trim, door release handles and window cranks, brake lines, engine wiring and plumbing, etc.were all done using varying gauges of plated and black jewelry wire. In April, I traveled to my brother's home to use his all season paint booth where I applied base coat/clearcoat 'factory' Seafoam Green to the various body assemblies, with Humbrol, Testors and Tamyia paints being used for assorted additional details. Though this model was really time consuming, it is a major delight to finally have the planned model completed....one that has certainly been on my mind for close to 35 years.
  13. Jaguar XK 120, Revell

    Peter, That looks OUTSTANDING!!!..... beautifully finished and really nicely photographed.
  14. A scratch build worth seeing

    Nobody does truck models like Jurgen. All his models are outstanding. And really nicely photographed as well.